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Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | January 10, 2020 |

Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | January 10, 2020 |

Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2020

Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah Come to Prayer Come to Prayer Come to success Come to success Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest

There is none worthy of worship except Allah Peace be upon you all. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. He is One and has no partner. and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is His Servant and Messenger. After this I seek refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed.

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful, Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path –

The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. In the previous Friday sermon, as I announced the new year of Waqf-e-Jadid, I mentioned the positions of the Jama‘ats of various countries.

In that I said that among the Jama‘ats of UK, in terms of total collection of chandah Waqf-e-Jadid, Islamabad Jama‘at stood first. However, later on it came to light that that analysis was incorrect. In fact, Aldershot Jama‘at has attained the first position and Islamabad Jama‘at is runner-up.

I do not wish to dwell on why and how it happened. Nevertheless, this correction was important to highlight. Hence, I wished to mention this at the outset. Aldershot Jama‘at is, MashaAllah, offering great sacrifices. The president of Lajna Jama’at of Aldershot specially wrote to me

Stating how some of the ladies had offered exceptional sacrifices. Their passion for sacrifice is exemplary. May Allah the Exalted bless their possessions and their families. In the previous sermon, I generally mentioned incidents of sacrifice made by poorer people from the developing countries

So that it may instil the same passion among the affluent people and they may understand the spirit of sacrifice. Otherwise, by the Grace of Allah, there are also many such people in these developed countries who offer sacrifices whilst ignoring their own worldly needs.

In any case, as I mentioned, among the Jama‘ats of UK, Aldershot is at the top of the list in Waqf-e-Jadeed. Now, I will turn to the topic of today’s sermon which is the account of the Badri companions. In the sermon before last week’s sermon, I was speaking on Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah.

Some of the narrations were still remaining and so today I will relate some further accounts from his life. However, a reference, which I mentioned in the last sermon, needs to be corrected. Although I did not mention it to those who send the references, despite having felt something was not correct about it,

Our team at the Research Cell themselves realised and they sent in the correction. As a result, my misunderstanding was also removed. MashaAllah, they work extremely diligently in searching and collating these references, but sometimes, they hastily go through such references whereby similar accounts of two companions become mixed up.

Likewise, sometimes, the true reality remains uncovered due to not choosing the most befitting words whilst translating from the original Arabic references. In any case, now they have themselves sent in a correction in this regard, which I will mention first. Then the remaining accounts will be given.

In the Friday sermon of December 27th, whilst introducing Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah, it was said that the Holy Prophet (saw) established a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Sa’d (ra) and Tulaib bin Umair, who had migrated from Mecca to Medina.

According to Ibn Ishaq, the bond of brotherhood established by the Holy Prophet (saw) was between Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah and Hazrat Abu Dhar (ra) Ghaffari. However some disagree with this and Waqidi has rejected this suggestion because, according to him, the Holy Prophet (saw) established this bond of brotherhood

Between the companions before the Battle of Badr and Hazrat Abu Dhar Ghaffari (ra) was not present in Medina at the time. He did not participate in the battles of Badr, Uhud and Khandaq. He presented himself to the Holy Prophet (saw) after these battles.

In any case, I mentioned that this was the argument given by [Waqidi]. However, this is not the case, the narration about the bond of brotherhood was with reference to Hazrat Mundhir (ra) bin Amr bin Khunais. The Rabwah Research Cell wrote that the book from which they took this particular reference from

Also had the name of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah and they mistakenly placed this account with Hazrat Sa’d bin Ubadah (ra). The actual reference in regards to establishing the bond of brotherhood is with reference to Hazrat Mundhir (ra) bin Amr,

The details of which I have already mentioned in the previous sermon on 25th January of last year. Nonetheless, this was the clarification and now I shall continue to narrate the accounts. When the Battle of the Ditch had taken place,

The Holy Prophet (saw) contemplated sending Uyainah bin Hisn a third of the dates of Medina, on the condition that the people of the Ghatafan tribe travelling with him would go back. With the exception of all else, the Holy Prophet (saw)

Took counsel from only Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh and Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah. Both of them replied, “O Messenger (saw) of Allah, “if you have been commanded by God Almighty to do so then by all means proceed in doing so.

“However, if this is not the case, then by God we shall give them nothing but the sword,” i.e. we will take what is our right, or they shall receive whatever punishment was due as a result of this hypocrisy or breaking of their oath. Upon this the Holy Prophet (saw) stated,

“I have not been instructed in this regard, “rather it was my personal opinion which I shared with both of you.” They both then answered, “O Messenger (saw) of Allah, “these people did not even expect such treatment from us in the period of ignorance prior Islam,

“so why now, after God Almighty has guided us through you?” In other words, the rules which were in place before should still apply to them now. The Holy Prophet (saw) was pleased with their answer. Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) has mentioned the details of this,

With regards to the conditions during the Battle of the Ditch, as follows: “These days were ones of grave pain, apprehension and danger. “As the siege grew longer and longer, the Muslims naturally began to lose their strength to fight “and although they were full of faith and sincerity, “their bodies, which of course functioned

“according to the material law of nature, began to fall weak.” In other words, the body has certain physical needs, such as comfort and the need of nourishment. However, since the siege had prolonged therefore they had to endure extremely difficult circumstances

And could neither get proper rest nor proper food and were consequently losing their strength. This impact on their bodies was owing to the natural laws. Thus, when the Holy Prophet (saw) witnessed this state of affairs, he called upon the two chieftains of the Ansar, Sa‘d (ra) bin Mu‘adh and Sa‘d (ra) bin Ubadah

And recalling to them all of the circumstances at hand sought their counsel, in light of the conditions of the Muslims. “The Holy Prophet (saw) even proposed, ‘If you are in agreement, ‘it is also possible that we may give the Ghatafan tribe a portion of our wealth, ‘so that this war may be averted.’

“Sa‘d (ra) bin Mu‘adh and Sa‘d (ra) bin ‘Ubadah resonated the same words, and submitted, ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah! If you have received divine revelation in this respect, ‘then we bow before you in obedience. ‘In this case, most definitely, let us act upon this proposition gladly.’

“The Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘Nay, nay, I have not received any revelation in this matter. ‘I only present this suggestion out of my consideration ‘for the hardship you are being made to bear.’ “The two Sa‘ds responded, ‘Then our suggestion is that if we have never given anything to an enemy

‘while we were idolaters, why then should we do so as Muslims?’” i.e. they will continue to follow the rules that were a custom of the time. ‘By God! We shall give them nothing but the strikes of our swords.’

The Holy Prophet (saw) was worried on account of the Ansar, who were the native residents of Medina and so the Holy Prophet (saw) was particularly concerned about them in regards to the prolonged siege, whether they had any reservations or were in discomfort from it.

Furthermore, in seeking this counsel, the only intent of the Holy Prophet (saw) was to perhaps gather insight into the mental state of the Ansar, as to whether they were worried about these hardships or not, and if they were, then to console them. Thus, when this proposal was put forth,

The Holy Prophet (saw) happily accepted and war continued. In reference to the Banu Quraizah and their treacherous actions during the Battle of Khandaq, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) has written in Seerat Khataman Nabiyyin: “In addition to this, another tactic which Abu Sufyan employed was that

“he instructed Huyayy bin Akhtab, the Jewish chief of Banu Nadir, “to go to the fortresses of Banu Quraizah in the veils of the darkness of night “and attempt to bring over the Banu Quraizah with the aid of their chief, Ka‘b bin Asad.

“Therefore, Huyayy bin Akhtab found an opportunity and arrived at the home of Ka‘b. “Initially, Ka‘b refused and said that, ‘We have settled a covenant and agreement with Muhammad (saw) ‘and he has always loyally fulfilled his covenants and agreements, ‘therefore, I cannot act treacherously towards him.’

“However, Huyayy painted a picture of lush green gardens to him “and gave him such confidence in the imminent destruction of Islam; “and presented their own resolve with such force and “emphasis that they would not return from Medina “until they had obliterated Islam, that ultimately, he agreed.

“In this manner, the strength of the Banu Quraizah also added to the weight on a scale “which was already heavily weighed to one side,” i.e, they were already strong materially. “When the Holy Prophet (saw) received news of this dangerous treachery of the Banu Quraizah,

“initially, the Holy Prophet (saw) dispatched Zubair bin Al-‘Awwam (ra) “to obtain intelligence in secret two or three times. “Then, after this, the Holy Prophet (saw) formally sent “Sa‘d (ra) bin Mu‘adh and Sa‘d (ra) bin ‘Ubadah, “who were chieftains of the Aus and Khazraj tribes along with a few other influential Companions

“in the form of a delegation towards the Banu Quraizah; “and strictly instructed that if there was troubling news, “it should not be publicly disclosed when they returned, “rather, secrecy should be maintained so that people were not made apprehensive. “When these people reached the dwellings of Banu Quraizah and approached Ka‘b bin Asad,

“this evil man confronted them in a very arrogant manner. “When the two Sa‘ds spoke of the treaty, Ka‘b and the people of his tribe turned wicked “and said, ‘Be gone! There is no treaty between Muhammad (saw) and us.’ “Upon hearing these words, this delegation of Companions set off.

“Sa‘d (ra) bin Mu‘adh and Sa‘d (ra) bin ‘Ubadah then presented themselves “before the Holy Prophet (saw) and informed him of the state of affairs in an appropriate manner.” And so, their punishment, or the fight against them continued. During the Battle of Banu Quraizah, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah loaded dates

Upon several camels to send as food for the Holy Prophet (saw) and the Muslims. On that occasion, the Holy Prophet (saw) stated, “What an excellent form of nourishment the date is!” During the battle of Mauta, which took place in Jumadi al-Oula 8.A.H., Hazrat Zaid (ra) was martyred,

And the Holy Prophet (saw) went to his home to pay his condolences. Thereupon, his daughter came to the Holy Prophet (saw) whilst weeping constantly, due to the agony and distress. As a result, the Holy Prophet (saw) also began to cry. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah then asked, “What is the reason for this?”

To which the Holy Prophet (saw) replied, (Arabic) i.e. “This is one’s affection to his beloved”. There is another narration from Sahih Bukhari. The previous narration was not from Sahih Bukhari, but this one is, although it is a different incident. Hisham bin Urwah relates from his father that when the Holy Prophet (saw) departed

For the conquest of Mecca, the Quraish had received news of this. Consequently, Abu Sufyan bin Harb, Hakeem bin Hizam and Budail bin Waraqah went out to seek information about the Holy Prophet (saw) until they reached a placed called Marruz Zahran. Marruz Zahran is a place 5 miles from Mecca,

Wherein are plentiful springs and gardens of dates. When they reached this place, they saw countless fires lit, just as there are at Arafat during the pilgrimage. Abu Sufyan then said, “What is this? It seems as though these are the fires of Arafat”.

Budail bin Waraqah then said, “These seem to be the fires of Banu Amr,” i.e. of the Khuza’ah tribe. Abu Sufyan said, “The Banu Amr tribe are much fewer in numbers.” Thereafter, some guards of the Holy Prophet (saw) saw them and seized the three of them.

They were then brought to the Holy Prophet (saw) and Abu Sufyan accepted Islam. When the Holy Prophet (saw) left towards Mecca, he told Hazrat Abbas (ra), “Keep Abu Sufyan at the mountain-pass, so that he may see the Muslims.” Therefore, Hazrat Abbas (ra) held him there.

Numerous tribes passed by, alongside the Holy Prophet (saw) and each division of the army passed in front of Abu Sufyan. When one group was passing by, Abu Sufyan asked, “Abbas, who are these people?” Hazrat Abbas (ra) replied, “These are the people of the Ghaffar tribe”,

To which Abu Sufyan said, “I have no concern for the Ghaffar tribe.” Then the people of the Juhainah tribe passed by and Abu Sufyan posed the same question. Then the people of the Sa’d bin Huzaim tribe passed by and he asked the same question,

Then the people of the Sulaim tribe passed by and he asked the same question, up to the point where the last division of the army [passed by], which he had not seen before. Abu Sufyan asked, “Who are these people?” Hazrat Abbas (ra) said,

“These are the Ansar and their chief is Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin ubadah, who is holding the flag.” Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah exclaimed, “Abu Sufyan, today is the day of a fierce battle, “and in which fighting shall be permissible in the precinct of the Ka’bah”. Having heard this, Abu Sufyan then said,

“Abbas, what a great day of destruction this would be if I were to contest you,” i.e. if he was on the opposing side and had the opportunity to [to fight them, but he was on this [Muslim] side due to having accepted Islam.

Then, another division of the army arrived which was the smallest of all the battalions. Among them was the Holy Prophet (saw) and the Muhajireen and the flag of the Holy Prophet (saw) was being carried by Hazrat Zubair (ra) bin Awwam. When the Holy Prophet (saw) passed by Abu Sufyan, he said,

“Are you not aware of what Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah has just said?” The Holy Prophet (saw) asked, “What did he say?” He then told him whatever Hazrat Sa’d bin Ubadah (ra) uttered. The Holy Prophet (saw) then replied, “Sa’d has erred, in fact,

“today is the day that God Almighty shall restore the honour of the Ka’bah “and it shall be covered with the sheet. “There shall be no fighting [on this day].” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has mentioned this incident in more detail and is as follows:

“While the Muslims marched towards Mecca, the Holy Prophet (saw) had ordered Hazrat Abbas (ra) “to take Abu Sufyan and his friends to a spot from where they could easily view the Muslim army, “and its loyalty and devotion. “Hazrat Abbas (ra) did so and from a vantage point Abu Sufyan and his friends

“watched the Arab tribes go past on whose power “the Meccans had banked all these years for their plots against Islam.” The people of Mecca thought that they will be able to receive help from them but now they were all stood alongside the Holy Prophet (saw).

“They marched that day not as soldiers of disbelief but as soldiers of belief. “They raised now the slogans of Islam, not the slogans of their pagan days. “They marched in formation, not to put an end to the Prophet’s life as the Meccans desired,

“but rather to lay down their lives to save his; not to shed his blood, but their own for his sake. “Their ambition that day was not to resist the Prophet’s Message “and save the superficial solidarity of their own people.

“It was to carry to all parts of the world the very Message they had so far resisted. “It was to establish the unity and solidarity of man. “Column after column marched past until the Ashja‘ tribe came in Abu Sufyan’s view.

“Their devotion to Islam and their self sacrificing zeal could be seen in their faces, “and heard in their songs and slogans. ‘Who are they?’ asked Abu Sufyan. ‘They are the Ashja‘ tribe’, replied Hazrat Abbas (ra) “Abu Sufyan looked astonished and said, ‘In all Arabia, no one bore greater enmity to Muhammad than them.’

“Hazrat Abbas (ra) replied, ‘We owe it to the grace of God. ‘He changed the hearts of the enemy of Islam as soon as He deemed fit.’ “Last of all came the Holy Prophet (sa), surrounded by the armies of Ansar and Muhajirin.

“They must have been about two thousand strong, dressed in suits of armour. “Hazrat Umar (ra) directed their marching “and would continuously tell them to be mindful of their steps so that the rows remained intact. “The sight proved the most impressive of all.

“The devotion of these Muslims, their determination and their zeal seemed overflowing. “When Abu Sufyan’s eyes fell on them, he was completely overpowered. ‘Who are they?’ he asked. “They are the Ansar and the Muhajirin surrounding the Prophet (sa),’ replied ‘Abbas. ‘No power on earth could resist this army,’ said Abu Sufyan, and then,

“addressing Hazrat Abbas (ra) more specifically, ‘Abbas, your nephew has become the most powerful king in the world.’ ‘You are still far from the truth, Abu Sufyan. ‘He is no king; he is a Prophet, a Messenger of God,’ replied Hazrat Abbas (ra).

‘Yes, yes, let it be as you say, a Prophet.’ added Abu Sufyan. As the Muslim army marched past Abu Sufyan, the commander of the Ansar, Sa‘d (ra) bin Ubadah happened to eye Abu Sufyan and could not resist saying that God that day had made it lawful for them to enter Mecca by force

And that the Quraish would be humiliated. “As the Prophet was passing, Abu Sufyan raised his voice and addressing the Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘Have you allowed the massacre of your own kith and kin? ‘I heard the commander of the Ansar, Sa‘d and his companions say so.

‘They said it was a day of slaughter. ‘The sacredness of Mecca will not avert bloodshed and the Quraish will be humiliated. ‘Prophet (saw) of God, you are the best, the most forgiving, the most considerate of men. ‘Will you not forgive and forget whatever was done by your own people?’

“Upon hearing this plea from Abu Sufyan, “those very Muslims who used to be insulted and beaten in the streets of Mecca, “who had been dispossessed and driven out of their homes, “began to entertain feelings of mercy for their old persecutors.

‘O Prophet of God,’ they said, ‘the accounts which the Ansar have heard of the excesses ‘and cruelties committed by Meccans against us, may lead them to seek revenge. ‘We know not what they may do.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) understood this. “Turning to Abu Sufyan, he said, ‘What Sa‘d has said is quite wrong.

‘It is the day of forgiveness. ‘The Quraish and the Ka‘bah will be honoured by God.’’ Then he sent for Sa‘d, and ordered him to hand over the Ansar flag to his son, Qays, for he will now be the commander of the Ansar’s army.

In this way, it placated the Meccans and saved the Ansar’s disappointment. Qays, a pious young man, was fully trusted by the Holy Prophet (saw). Hazrat Musleh Maud in relation to his level of piety states, “An incident of his last days illustrates the piety of his character.

“Lying on his deathbed, Qays received his friends. “Some came and some did not. “He could not understand this and asked why some of his friends had not come to see him. ‘Your charity is abundant,’ explained one.” Qays was extremely generous and would help people. ‘You have been helping the needy by your loans.

‘There are many in the town who are in debt to you. ‘Some may have hesitated to come lest you should ask them for the return of the loans.’ “He replied, ‘Then I have been the cause of keeping my friends away. ‘Please announce that no one now owes anything to Qays.’

“After this announcement Qays had so many visitors during his last days “that the steps to his house gave way.” Another name for the Battle of Hunayn is the Battle of Hawaazin. Hunayn is the name of a valley 30 miles from Mecca and is situated between Mecca and Taif.

The Battle of Hunayn took place after the Conquest of Mecca in Shawal 8 AH. The Holy Prophet (saw) distributed the spoils gained from this war among the Muhajireen. The Ansar felt this in their hearts. Regarding this, there is a detailed narration found in Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal which states:

“Hazrat Abu Saeed Khudri (ra) relates that when the Holy Prophet (saw) “distributed the spoils among the Quraish and other Arab tribes, “there was nothing left to give to the Ansar. “They felt aggrieved at this and would speak amongst themselves regarding this,

“to the extent that someone even said that the Holy Prophet (saw) would soon return to his tribe “and that he has forgotten the Ansar and only bestowed [the spoils of war] to the Muhajireen. “Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah presented himself before the Holy Prophet (saw) and said,

‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah! The Ansar feel something in their hearts about this’” i.e. with regards to the spoils of war that were distributed amongst the various Arab tribes and the Ansar did not receive anything therefrom. “The Holy Prophet (saw) asked him,

‘O Sa’d (ra)! With regards to this, which side are you on, clarify your position on the matter?’ “He replied, ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah! I am merely an ordinary member of my tribe. ‘I have no status or rank.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘Gather your tribe in such and such area’”

I.e. he was instructed to gather his people in an open plain. “Thus, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) left and gathered the Ansar in the specified location. “Some Muhajireen also joined them and Hazrat Sa’d (ra) permitted them to come, “but some other individuals wished to enter, however, “Hazrat Sa’d (ra) prevented them from entering.

“When everyone had gathered together, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) went to the Holy Prophet (saw) “and informed him that the Ansar had all gathered together.” The narrator further says, “The Holy Prophet (saw) came and after praising God Almighty, he said, ‘O ye Ansar, whatever is the matter?

‘I am receiving reports that you are aggrieved at not receiving anything from the spoils of war. ‘Before I came to you, were you not in a state of misguidance? ‘God Almighty bestowed guidance upon you. ‘Were you not destitute before God Almighty granted you affluence? ‘Were you not enemies of each other

‘until the time God Almighty instilled love for one another in your hearts?’ “They replied, ‘Indeed, for God and His Messenger (saw) are greater and more benevolent.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) then said, ‘O ye Ansar! Why do you not answer the questions I presented before you?’ “The Ansar replied, ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah!

‘How can we reply when all benevolence and blessings ‘are from God Almighty and His Messenger (saw)?’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) then said, ‘By God! You could have said – ‘and you would have been truthful in your statement if you had said –

‘that I came to you when I had been rejected by all others, and then you accepted me; ‘and that all of my own people had abandoned me, but you all assisted me. ‘I came to you since my people had abandoned me and then you granted me protection.

‘Since you were a large tribe, I entered into an agreement with you.’” In other words, they could have said all of this. “The Holy Prophet (saw) then stated, ‘O ye Ansar! ‘Did you feel dismay over an insignificant piece of worldly wealth ‘that I granted to others but not to you?

‘I granted to them in order to comfort their hearts, so that they may accept Islam ‘and so they can become firm in their faith, but I entrusted you with your faith in Islam. ‘O ye Ansar! Does it not please you that other people will return to their homes

‘having acquired sheep, goats and camels, ‘yet you will return home alongside the Messenger (saw) of Allah?’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) further said, ‘I swear by the One Who holds the life of Muhammad in His Mighty Hand! ‘Were it not for the migration, I would have been one of the Ansar.

‘If all the people choose one valley in which to pass by, and the Ansar choose another, ‘I would always adopt the one chosen by the Ansar. ‘O Allah! Have mercy on the Ansar, and upon the sons of the Ansar ‘and also the grandsons of the Ansar.’”

The narrator then states, “Upon hearing this, all the Ansar that were present began to weep, “to the extent that their beards became wet from their tears. “They then said that they were content with how the Messenger (saw) of Allah “distributed the spoils of war, i.e. they were happy with

“however the Holy Prophet (saw) had distributed the wealth “and that the Holy Prophet (saw) was sufficient enough for them. “The Holy Prophet (saw) then left and the people also dispersed.” On the occasion of Hajjatul Wida’, the Holy Prophet (saw) travelled from Medina to perform the Hajj.

When he arrived at the place of Hajj, his mount went missing. The Holy Prophet (saw) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) used the same mount, which was in the care of the servant of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) when it went missing. Hazrat Safwaan (ra) bin Mu’attal travelled behind the main caravan

And managed to find the missing camel. He brought the missing camel along with him, which still had the all the provisions loaded on top of it. When Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah heard of this incident, he came to the Holy Prophet (saw) along with his son, Qays (ra),

And also brought a camel loaded with provisions to take along on a journey. When they met the Holy Prophet (saw), he was standing beside the entrance to his home. At that time, God Almighty had returned his camel to him, i.e. the camel that was lost,

Had been recovered by the time Sa’d (ra) came to the Holy Prophet (saw). Hazrat Sa’d (ra) said, “O Messenger (saw) of Allah! “We have heard that your camel along with all your provisions has been misplaced. “Please take our mount instead.”

The Holy Prophet (saw) replied, “God Almighty has brought our mount back to us,” i.e. I have found the mount that went missing. “Both of you can take back the mount you have brought; God Almighty will bless both of you.”

Hazrat Usama bin Zaid (ra) states, “One of the daughters of the Holy Prophet (saw) said to me “that her son is on his deathbed and that he should come to see them. “The Holy Prophet (saw) sent word back saying, ‘He belongs to Allah, Who bestows and can call him back at any moment.

‘God Almighty has fixed a term for everything, ‘therefore you ought to be steadfast and seek the pleasure of God Almighty.’ “She then sent for the Holy Prophet (saw) again “and this time swore by God for him to come to see them.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) stood up and at the time, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah, “Hazrat Muadh (ra) bin Jabal, Hazrat Ubay (ra) bin Ka’ab, Hazrat Zaid (ra) bin Thabit “and many other companions were seated around him. “ When the Holy Prophet (saw) went to see them, “the child was brought before him

“and from the sound he was making it indicated that he was breathing his last breaths.” Hazrat Usama (ra) stated that, “The sound was like that of two old vessels of water colliding with one another. “Upon seeing the child in such condition, the Holy Prophet (saw) was moved to tears.

“Hazrat Sa’d said, ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah! What is this?’ to which the Holy Prophet (saw) replied, “This is owing to the mercy God Almighty has placed in the hearts of people, “and God Almighty only bestows His mercy to those people who show mercy to others.’”

This emotional state is not something out of the ordinary, it is simply due to the grace of Allah the Almighty. Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (ra) narrates, “When Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah fell ill, “the Holy Prophet (saw) went to visit him along with Hazrat Abdur Rahman bin Auf (ra),

“Hazrat Sa’d bin Abi Waqas (ra) and Hazrat Abdullah bin Masood (ra). “When he arrived there he saw Hazrat Sa’d (ra) was surrounded by his family members. “The Holy Prophet (saw) enquired if he had passed away? “Since he saw his family members crowding around and he was suffering from a severe ailment.

“The family members replied, ‘No, O Messenger (saw) of Allah! He is still alive.’ “Nonetheless, the Holy Prophet (saw) went close to him “and upon seeing his condition, he began to cry. “When the people saw the Holy Prophet (saw) in this state, they also began to cry.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) then said, ‘Hear my words! ‘God Almighty never punishes for any tears that are shed nor if the heart feels anguish. ‘Rather, he will punish or show mercy owing to this,’ “and the Holy Prophet (saw) pointed to his tongue. “The Holy Prophet (saw) then said,

‘The deceased receives punishment if one’s family members lament and wail over a departed one.’” It is incorrect to lament and wail. Perhaps the condition of the Holy Prophet (saw) was brought about upon seeing Hazrat Sa’d (ra) or that a special state descended upon the Holy Prophet (saw) for the acceptance of prayer

And as a result of this he began to cry. However, the other people thought that Hazrat Sa’d (ra)’s end is near, hence they began to cry. The Holy Prophet (saw) explained to them that they ought to refrain from lamenting and wailing,

As it was a harmful deed for one to be displeased at the Decree of God Almighty. Hence, if tears flow from the eyes in order to seek the pleasure of God Almighty, they attract the mercy of God Almighty, but if it is owing to lamentation and wailing,

Then one incurs punishment for such an act. In any case, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah did not pass away during this intense period of illness. Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (ra) relates, “We were in the company of the Holy Prophet (saw) “when someone from among the Ansar came to the Holy Prophet (saw)

“and offered his greeting of Salaam. “As he turned away to go back, the Holy Prophet (saw) enquired, ‘O our brother from the Ansar! How is the health of my brother Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah?’ “He replied that he was better now.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) then asked who among us will go to visit him. “We all stood up to accompany the Holy Prophet (saw) and we more than ten people. “At the time, we were neither wearing any shoes nor any cap on our heads, “or even our upper garments.

“In other words, we all quickly set off with the Holy Prophet (saw) “and we continued to walk until we reached Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah. “People had congregated around him and they all moved aside “and the Holy Prophet (saw) and his companions stood near him.” This narration is from Sahih Muslim

And is relating the same incident which was mentioned earlier. Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah bin Haram relates, “My father once instructed me to prepare some Harira and I did so.” Harira is a famous dish which is prepared from flour, butter and water.

However, according the lexicon of Hadith it states that Harira is prepared from flour and milk. In any case, he relates, “Upon my father’s instruction I took the Harira and presented it before the Holy Prophet (saw). “The Holy Prophet (saw) was in his residence at the time and asked, ‘O Jabir, is this meat?’

“I submitted, ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah, no, it is Harira. ‘I prepared this upon the instructions of my father, ‘who then told me to present this before you, and so I have come.’ “After this I returned to my father and he asked whether I saw the Holy Prophet (saw).

“I replied that I did and my father then enquired “whether the Holy Prophet (saw) said anything to me. “I told my father that the Holy Prophet (saw) asked me whether it was meat that I had brought. “Upon hearing this my father thought that perhaps the Holy Prophet (saw)

“desired to eat meat and so slaughtered a goat and then cooked its meat and told me to take it “and present it before the Holy Prophet (saw).” Hazrat Jabir (ra) continues to relate, “I presented the goat meat before the Holy Prophet (saw) and the Holy Prophet (saw) stated,

‘O Allah! Grant reward to the Ansar from me, ‘particularly Abdullah (ra) bin Amr bin Haram and Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah.’” Hazrat Abu Usaid (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (saw) once stated that the best households among the Ansar are from the tribes of the Banu Najjar, Banu Abd Ash’al,

Banu Harith bin Khazraj and then Banu Saidah and that every house of the Ansar is full of goodness. This tradition is from Sahih Bukhari. “Upon hearing this, Hazrat Sa’d bin Ubadah, who was from among the prominent companions of Islam, “stated that it seemed as if the Holy Prophet (saw) held the other households

“of the other tribes superior to them. “However, he was told that the Holy Prophet (saw) “had also established his rank higher than many other people.” Hazrat Abu Usaid (ra) testified that the Holy Prophet (saw) stated that the best households among the Ansar are the Banu Najjar, Banu Abd Ahsh’al,

Banu Harith bin Khazraj and then Banu Saidah and that every house of the Ansar is filled with goodness. The narrator of this tradition, Abu Salma, states that Hazrat Abu Usaid (ra) stated, “I am accused of fabricating this tradition, however if that were the case,

“then I would have mentioned the name of my tribe first, i.e. the Banu Saidah.” When Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah heard this, he also felt this in his heart. In the previous narration, it also mentioned that he expressed that the Holy Prophet (saw) had listed them last among the four.

And so, he asked for the saddle to be fastened on his donkey and so he could present himself before the Holy Prophet (saw). Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah’s nephew, Sahl, said to him, “Are you going to the Holy Prophet (saw) to challenge the statement of the Holy Prophet (saw)

“and enquire about the order [of the tribes] the Holy Prophet (saw) mentioned? “When the truth is that that the Holy Prophet (saw) knows better. “Is it not sufficient enough for you that you are also one of the four.” And so, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah abandoned his plan

And stated that Allah and His Messenger (saw) know better. He then instructed his saddle to be loosened from the donkey. This narration is also from Sahih Muslim. Hisham bin Urwah relates from his father that Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah used to offer the following supplication:

“O Allah! Make me worthy of praise, grant me honour and nobility. “One cannot attain honour and nobility without pious deeds.” If one does not have good deeds, they cannot attain honour and nor nobility. “And good deeds cannot be attained without wealth, therefore, “O Allah, little amount of wealth is not sufficient for me

“and nor will it allow me to remain in this state.” In any case, this was his own unique manner of supplicating before Allah the Almighty. In another tradition from Sahih Muslim, narrated by Abu Hurrairah (ra), states that Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah asked the Holy Prophet (saw),

“If I see someone with my wife, should I not do anything to him “until I find four witnesses who actually saw them committing the ill deed?” The Holy Prophet (saw) replied, “Yes”. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah submitted, “Certainly not, I swear by Him,

“Who has sent you with the truth that if this happened to me, “I would immediately settle the matter with my sword.” I.e. I would not search for a witness but would instead kill him. Upon this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said to the people [present],

“Listen to what your leader is saying?” I.e. referring to Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah.. “He is filled with honour, but I possess even greater sense of honour than him “and Allah the Almighty has even greater honour.” Then, in relation to this account, there is another hadith from Sahih Muslim.

Hazrat Mughaira (ra) bin Shaiba relates that Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah stated, “If I were to find anyone with my wife, I would kill them immediately. “I would not kill him with the lower end of the blade but from the sharpened edge of the sword.”

When the Holy Prophet (saw) heard this, he stated, “Are you amazed at the level of honour Sa’d has? By God, “I possess a greater sense of honour than him and God Almighty possesses an even greater honour. “It is in fact owing to His great honour that God Almighty has forbidden immoralities

“and acts of indecency, whether committed in secret or openly. “There is no one who possesses a greater sense of honour than God Almighty “and there is no one who is more pleased than God in accepting repentance.” In other words, no one possesses a greater sense of honour than God Almighty

And nor is anyone more pleased than Allah the Almighty in accepting repentance. The Holy Prophet (saw) further stated, “It is for this reason that God Almighty “has declared His prophets as bearers of glad-tidings and as a warner.” They give glad-tidings and warn people as well.

“Moreover, there is no one who appreciates praise more than Allah the Almighty, “it is for this reason that Allah the Almighty has promised heaven as a reward.” To abstain from sins is in fact to praise God Almighty and it is for this reason that God Almighty has granted the promise of heaven.

Thus, even though Allah the Almighty punishes but He does not do so immediately, however man may display haste in his handing out punishment, owing to his sense of honour. Allah the Almighty forgives one who seeks repentance and also rewards them. Thus, God Almighty not only forgives but then also rewards as well.

Hence, the holy Prophet (saw) stated that one should not exceed in their actions beyond the commandments of Allah the Almighty. There is a tradition in the a Hadith from Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal in which it states that Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah relates that the Holy Prophet (saw) appointed him

To supervise the funds of Sadaqat [charity] belonging to a particular tribe. The Holy Prophet (saw) advised him [to always fear Allah the Almighty] lest on the Day of Judgment, he appeared in a state laden with a camel which was bleating. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) replied, “O Prophet of Allah (saw)

“then entrust this responsibility to someone else.” And so, the Holy Prophet (saw) did not assign this duty to him. Thus, one who is entrusted with the supervision of something, has to ensure that they grant the due rights to everyone, establish justice and not display even a hint of dishonesty.

Failing to do this is a grave sin and one will be held accountable on the Day of Judgment. During the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (saw), six companions collated the entire Holy Quran into a single volume and Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah was one of them.

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) in regards to this states that among the Ansar, the following names are of the well-known Hufaaz [those who had committed the Holy Quran] to memory]: Ubadah bin Samit, Muadh, Mujama bin Harith, Fuzaila bin Ubaid, Maslama bin Mukhalad,

Abu Durda, Abu Zaid, Zaid bin Thabit Ubbaya bin Kab and Sa’d bin Ubadah Umme Warqa. It is proven from historical sources that there were many companions who had memorised the Holy Quran. There are a few accounts that remain of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Ubadah

Which I will, God Willing, relate in the future sermons. All praise is due to Allah We laud Him, we beseech help from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against the evils and mischief of our souls

And from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled, none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.

O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as one does to one ‘s kindred and forbids evil which pertain to your own selves

And evils which affect others and prohibits revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He too will remember you; call Him and He will make a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.

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